Love, Lust…LUSH – Mask Of Magnaminty

LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty

It’s official.  My skin is freaking out, and I have no idea why.  I have a sneaky suspicion it’s due to the amount of stress in my life at the moment.  I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup for the past 2 weeks and I also haven’t been testing out a lot of new skin care products (only the 2 Kiehl’s products but I’ve been using them for the past 3+ weeks and didn’t have any issues in the past), so it can’t be anything that I am doing externally.  I’ve also not been eating very healthy the last 2 weeks or so, because of all the stress I’ve been going through.  I’m an emotional eater, what can I say…

My skin has been breaking out quite a bit lately, but the blemishes are not the ones you can easily get rid of…  Oh no, these are the bad ones that just sit under the skin…waiting…for absolutely nothing it seems.  They don’t come to the surface, they just linger.  And they’re painful.  It’s the stuff nightmares are made of!

Now that we have that nasty description out of the way (and I apologise if I put you off your lunch), here is my superhero product for fighting the war against bad skin.  I have used the LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty in the past, and I have never been disappointed.  I find it to be the type of face mask you can apply all over your face, or just to spot treat those pesky little blemishes.

LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty Open

LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty is a creamy textured mask, as it contains ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds to exfoliate surface skin cells.  I love the scent of this mask – it has that earthy, sweet pepperminty scent that is both invigorating and refreshing.  The mask also contains peppermint oil, honey, Kaolin clay and bentonite gel which will help to pull the dirt from your pores.

I apply a nice thick layer of this mask to a freshly washed face, and usually leave it on for about 15 minutes or until the mask has dried and hardened completely.  For the first couple of minutes after I have applied the mask to my face, there is a slight tingling sensation and it feels super cool (in terms of temperature) on the skin.  I have also left it on for half an hour (it won’t do any harm to your skin but it also won’t do your skin any more good than if you had left it on for the directed amount of time, which is up to 10 minutes).  If you leave it on until it has hardened (which is what I do), you will notice your face becomes very, very tight.  I kind of enjoy doing this because I literally can’t move my face – yes, I am 31 going on 5.  I then add small amounts of water to start softening the mask, while gently massaging in circular motions.  This gives the mask a thin, milky consistency perfect for exfoliation before I rinse the mask off completely.

As a mask that is applied once a week / once every 2 weeks, it polishes the skin and leaves it looking fresh and glowy.  But as a spot treatment it really does a great job of targeting blemishes!  As mentioned before, the mask contains honey and Kaolin clay, these 2 ingredients are perfect for troublesome skin.  The honey is anti-microbial and detoxifying, which means it absorbs impurities in the skin, unclogs pores, whilst soothing and moisturising the skin.  Kaolin clay fights the battle against inflammation and works to clear up acne too.  When my skin is really going through a bad patch, I spot treat the problematic areas every other day and apply a full face of this mask once to twice a week.  My skin is left looking glowy, feeling softer and smoother, with the added benefit of my pores looking smaller.  My blemishes heal faster and I find it also helps to lighten post-acne marks.

I’m actually in the midst of a ‘Mask Of Magnaminty Battle’ with my skin, and after 1 full-face application 3 days ago and spot treatments every night, I can already see a difference.

I don’t think this mask is suitable for super dry or sensitive skin, because it tingles quite a bit in the beginning and contains clay (which we all know can be a bit drying).  I find the small tub to be the perfect size if you plan on only using this mask on your face (as it does have an expiry date).  Mask Of Magnaminty can also be used for back acne and that is probably the only reason why one would purchase the bigger size tub, in my honest opinion.  I use this mask once every 2 weeks if my skin is behaving, and once to twice a week (with spot treatments) if my skin is having ‘a moment’.

Mask Of Magnaminty retails for R 115,00 (125g) or R 215,00 (315g) and is available in-store, as well as online in the LUSH South Africa online store.  It is out of stock most of the time online, as I’m guessing pretty much everyone loves this little guy as much as I do, but if you go take a look in-store (Cavendish Square, V&A Waterfront and Gateway), you will most likely find him ready and waiting to help you fight the battle against bad skin.

P.S. When you feel a little bit congested or have a blocked nose, stick your nose in the tub (not in the mask though) to clear up that airway!



  1. Roseybelle 22 August 2014 / 13:18

    I have to try it out as soon as possible because many of my friends are using it and they’re all happy with it like you are :) your pictures are so cute :)

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:42

      Thank you, Roseybelle (you have such a gorgeous name). :)

      And well done on your first YouTube video, I love your accent! 😉

  2. Kristi 22 August 2014 / 13:22

    well either there’s something in the air or we were separated at birth 😛 i’m having exactly the same issues as you right now – tons of stress, super busy, and a comfort eater and i *always* get those under the skin pimples that refuse to go away! ugh. i’m defs heading to the v&a this weekend for this!! thanks luzanne – ahmazing blog post as always!! xx

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:43

      Hahaha! You totally made me LOL with this comment! 😀

      Thank you so much for your ongoing blog support, Kristi – it’s so appreciated! Let me know how the mask works out for you, you’re going to LOVE it, I just know it! x

  3. Zee Mohlapi 22 August 2014 / 14:21

    I need this in my life!!!

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:43

      You totally do, Zee! 😉

  4. Ronel Marais 22 August 2014 / 14:53

    My favourite mask from Lush!! I have normal skin and it does wonders for my skin! Thanks for the tip on using it as a spot treatment, definitely doing to try it. -Ronel

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:44

      Such a pleasure, Ronel. :)

  5. Jenna 22 August 2014 / 15:55

    Ive been wanting to try this mask for so long, but you are right its always out of stock online. :( I will have to wait until we go on holiday to Umhlanga in December, will stop by the Gateway Lush then.

    But its still sooooo long to wait!

    P.S. Pretty photos, Luzanne. x

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:45

      I know…I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to try this mask if it weren’t for my mom going on holiday and picking it up for me. Just keep checking the site, I’m sure it will be back in stock soon!

      Thank you, Jenna. :)

  6. Nousheen 22 August 2014 / 16:30

    This sounds so lovely, will have to wait until it’s available online though… x

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:46

      Hopefully it will be back in stock soon! :) x

  7. Michelle 22 August 2014 / 18:06

    Hi Luzanne, I empathize, I really do! Tell me did Yolandi from Meridian Spa chat to u about the Lamelle range of products?

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:47

      Aaaaah YOU are the Michelle who recommended my blog to Meridian Spa!! Thank you so SO much, Michelle! 😀 xxx

      She gave me an overview of the products, but nothing specific…why do you ask? :)

  8. Svetlana 22 August 2014 / 18:23

    Have you tried La Roche Posay Effclar Duo? It does amazing things to clear up blemishes….Not available in SA but ships from the UK and I know you are a prolific online shopper :) Not too $$$$ around R200 or so. I know exactly what you mean about those cystic blemishes that take ages to go away. They are very confidence destroying and after having problem free skin for the majority of my 20s, my skin did a 180 upon turning 30 last year. Don’t you just love having acne and wrinkles at the same time – WTF!? Mine’s calmed down now but it took about 8 months of wasting tons of money. I eventually pared down to a non-irritating perfume-free cleanser (Neutrogena Gentle face wash) and eliminated my oil pre-cleanse and serum. I just used Effaclar and Bioderma AR cream. Going to re-introduce serum now as radiance and tone have taken a knock but thankfully acne under control for now. Holding thumbs it stays that way. Good luck and love your blog xxx

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:18

      La Roche Posay Effclar Duo sounds fabulous!! I just had a look online and it seems to be quite the favourite overseas… Definitely going to order it online – thank you for the recommendation!

      Goodness, I know what you mean! I had bad skin in high school (not terrible but also not clear skin by any means), then during my 20s my skin was amazing (I received compliments from random strangers all the time) and then when I turned 29….I have no idea what happened but it was like I was back to being 15 again. Terrible! Definitely not something one wants to struggle with in your 30s, especially when you have all the other ‘grownup stresses’ to worry about as well.

      You definitely hit the nail on the head: Wrinkles and acne… WTF and FML. 😉

      Thank you so much for your support, Svetlana! xox

  9. Yolandi Wilken 22 August 2014 / 18:49

    I feel for you, Luzanne, my skin has been breaking out really badly as well. :( It really gets me down sometimes and I have tried so many products but nothing seems to work.

    I am going to pop into Lush tomorrow and see if they have this mask, I am so desperate to find something that really works.

    Love your photos btw. xOx

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:20

      Don’t worry, Yolandi… I know exactly how you feel! We’ll just have to fight the battle against troublesome skin together!

      Let me know how you like it and if it worked for you, but I’m pretty sure it will. I’m happy to report the ‘planet’ that appeared on my face, has gone down A LOT (within 2 days of me spot treating it with Mask Of Magnaminty) and today, it’s almost gone!

      Thank you for the compliment. :) x

  10. safiyya 22 August 2014 / 20:42

    I have the same problem and went into Lush in Gateway, they recommended the ‘grease lightning’ for the zits to dry off, and herbalism face wash.. I loved the Grease Lightining for zits, it worked really well, the swelling went down by 60% the next day and in 2-3 days completely gone. The tiny ones jn a day it dried off.. I have never tried this face mask but will get it next month. Try the Grease Lighting during the week instead of the mask and let me know.

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:27

      I’ve tried Herbalism and unfortunately it didn’t do much for my skin BUT I haven’t tried Grease Lightning and you have just made me add it to my ‘To Get List’. I checked online and it’s sold out at the moment, but the second it’s back in stock, I’m picking it up for sure!

      Thank you for your recommendations, Safiyya – I really appreciate it. :)

  11. Michelle 23 August 2014 / 10:33

    This sounds so amazing. My skin is pretty dry during winter but with summer just around the corner I definitely think I need to give this one a try. I don’t really have spot etc (advantage of getting old :( ) but I love a good clean face.

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:34

      You guys are SO lucky to have a LUSH store in Gateway! I’m still jelly!

      I thought I was getting old…and I definitely am because I see wrinkles everywhere, but my skin also apparently thinks it’s pay-back time for all the junk food and sweeties I ate back when I was a teenager! 😉

  12. Chelsea Harvey 23 August 2014 / 15:45

    Definitely want to give this a try, my skin has been shocking lately. And to be honest, I love any excuse to by from LUSH!

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:35

      Haha! Love it, Chelsea! xxx

  13. Tjoppie 24 August 2014 / 09:56

    I hope the LUSH mask helps! Change of season could also attribute to your skin breaking out. Hope and trust the stress level will peak down soon!

    • Luzanne 25 August 2014 / 17:36

      Yes, it must also be the fact that we’re moving into Spring now… Mask Of Magnaminty has definitely helped so far, so glad I decided to pick this up! x

  14. Michelle 26 August 2014 / 00:04

    Hi Luzanne, guilty as charged, lol! Re Lamelle, just thought maybe she might have mentioned them to you as something to try in future, they worked wonders for me with congestion etc.

  15. Lily 26 August 2014 / 00:58

    I’m so sorry you have been stressing, which has lead to troublesome skin. I know the feeling too well…
    But seriously, I’m so glad you reviewed this, I have been wanting to try it for such a long time now!
    And I really trust your opinions! Adding this to my list of products to try!

  16. Simone 7 October 2014 / 15:43

    I need this!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *